President rejected the Afzal's mercy plea Feb 3: Shinde

Published: 09th February 2013 10:32 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th February 2013 10:32 AM   |  A+A-


President Pranab Mukherjee rejected the mercy plea of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru Feb 3 and he was hanged at 8 a.m. Saturday, said Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde.

"Afzal Guru's case was again sent to me by president when I took over as home minister. I examined it in detail and I recommended it to president on Jan 21 and the file came back to me from president on Feb 3," Shinde told reporters here.

"It was sent for further execution by me on Feb 4 and the judiciary confirmed the date on Feb 8 and the time was also confirmed," he said.

Afzal Guru was convicted for his role in the attack on parliament in 2001. He was hanged in Tihar jail 8 a.m. Saturday.

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